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Eternal Blue

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

This gem was found in Don Thompsonʼs book: THE $12 MILLION STUFFED SHARK - THE CURIOUS ECONOMICS OF CONTEMPORARY ART. Published by Palgrave Macmillan USA and Aurum Press Ltd, London UK.

"At Christieʼs London in June 2006, an Yves Klein work called IKB 234, a canvas painted a unique solid blue, sold for £994,000, or $1.8 million. IKB stands for International Klein Blue. Kleinʼs work is as far as one can go from the requirement that the artist be able to draw, or balance color. What did Christieʼs catalogue say about this solid blue canvas?

These works allowed the viewers to bathe in the infinite, in the luminous spiritual realm of the Blue. Influenced by his experiences of Judo, his interest in Rosicrucianism, his fascination with the age of the atomic, Klein had created paintings that have no frames and therefore no edges, and are thus windows into the eternal and endless spiritual realm.

Imagine being offered a window into the eternal for just $1.8 million".

Don Thompson

Here's one of my blue windows - its not a view into the eternal but then its also not valued at $1.8M.


© Sam Haskins

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Art for AIDS Orphans

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Auction Poster

The Vancouver based Charity, Art for AIDS Orphans are holding their annual exhibition and auction on September 6th, 2007. If you are anywhere in the area please support their excellent work and in return acquire some images from an eclectic range contributed by artists from all over the world. If your pocket book won’t stretch to an original piece on auction then treat yourself to the catalogue of images.

Here are the three prints I have contributed; ‘Apple Eye’, ‘Bes Sunday’ and ‘Colleen Shadow’.




My son and grandson have also contributed images so, you could be the first person to own art by three generations of our family!

Its a cool venue run by cool people doing good work. Go support ‘em! Here are the details:

entertainment & opening remarks: 6:00pm to 6:30pm
auction: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
enjoy refreshments and african music
preview: september 5th and 6th, 10am to 6pm

The Waterfall Building
1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada
604.736.3282 |

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Kate shines in the auction room

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

In the late 80′s a representative from Christie’s in London said my work would never sell at auction because I was viewed as being too ‘commercial’. After publishing eight books of creative photography plus dozens of exhibitions of personal creative work and hundreds of articles about my work, not to mention the slide show of 400+ creative images set to music that has been shown to audiences in some two dozen countries, the derogatory ‘commercial’ label was always perplexing. Who ‘decides’ such nonsense?! Thankfully some contemporary auctioneers, curators and collectors are more enlightened.

Today, Kate wore her spurs into Christie’s London auction rooms where she was greeted by a giant image of herself at the entrance. The maquette fetched the highest price of all the lots at the Photo Books sale. Without the original box, this assembly of 157 gelatine silver prints made for the London publisher of the first edition of Kate, sold for $75,000 (auctioneer’s estimate $40,000 – $59,000) to an anonymous New York collector. The winning bid was placed by Harper Levine of Harpers Books Inc. NY. Philippe Garner who wrote a foreword to the new 2006 edition of Cowboy Kate, was the auctioneer.

While having been heavily perused over the past four decades it was heart warming to see how well the prints had held up. The back-to-back dry mounting on several pages was coming apart (not a big deal for a restorer to fix) but the actual prints were still sparkling.

The cover of the Christie’s catalogue is reproduced below.


The thumbnails below are the double page spreads from the maquette that Christie’s used in their catalogue.

The accompanying text has been reproduced from the lot description in the auction catalogue.

A ‘revered photobook’ (The Photobook), and one of the defining books of its time, Cowboy Kate won the Prix Nadar that year, and sold nearly a million copies in all international editions. Norman Hall, the editor of the influential Photography Magazine and Photography Yearbook writes in his introduction: ‘there is a classic quality about the way in which Sam Haskins exploits every subtle gradation of the grey scale with a mastery few can equal. This capacity of extracting just what he requires from the complete range of tone, this gift of selection, of emphasis or suppression, which comes from absolute control and above all his unerring sense of design, make Cowboy Kate one of the most impressive pieces of sustained photography I have seen’.

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